Curry Lentil Stew
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 1/2 c roasted butternut or similar squash, (how to roast squash)
4 c vegetable broth
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 c dried lentils, rinsed
1 T curry powder
1/2 t saffron, or cumin
1/4 t paprika
1/8-1/2 t cayenne pepper (for heat)
Directions: Prepare the roasted butternut squash. In a large soup pan, water saute the onions until tender. Add the vegetable broth and roasted squash. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. With an immersion blender, or in batches with a countertop blender, puree the soup until no chunks remain. At this point the contents will not be very thick, but water will be absorbed by the lentils, and it will become nice and creamy. Next, add in the chopped celery and red bell pepper, and the lentils. Bring to a light boil, and boil until the lentils are the desired consistency, about 20-30 minutes. Turn down the heat, add in the spices, and stir well. Serve with pita chips (as pictured). Enjoy!
Amy's Notes: For this recipe you can use any squash that you prefer. This might include butternut squash, acorn squash, or even pumpkin. I roast my squashes in large batches and freeze the insides for later use, like I did for this lentil stew. I prefer my lentils to be a bit chewier, so I only allowed the soup to boil for 20 minutes before adding the spices and serving. This turns out to be a pretty thick stew, so I enjoyed mine by scooping a bit of it up with some pita chips. This stew would also work great in lettuce wraps, I'll definitely be trying that with my leftovers! :)I took a trip last week to the local co-op, which is the best place to find those unique nutritarian foods, but is significantly more expensive than the normal grocery store. I ended up getting some interesting things such as nutritional yeast and chia seeds. I have never eaten chia seeds before, but am giving it a go by adding it to a few desserts and breakfast items. I will let you know my verdict after I try a few things.
Have you ever tried chia seeds? What is your favorite way to eat chia seeds?